What happens in the Doctor Strange 2 ending? The latest instalment in the MCU timeline has arrived on the big screen, with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The new MCU movie is a wild ride through the multiverse, and it raises a lot of questions, with new heroes, new villains, and new worlds to explore.

As with all Marvel outings, many people will be wondering what happens in the post-credits scenes in Doctor Strange 2, and what they mean for the wider world of the MCU. There’s also the question of cameos, the fate of certain characters, and how the battle in the Doctor Strange 2 ending goes down. Well don’t worry, we’ve studied the Book of Vishanti, and have unlocked all the answers you seek.

Warning: Major spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness lie ahead. So, stop reading now if you haven’t watched the movie yet. But, if you have seen the film, step into the multiverse, and see what you find.

How does Doctor Strange defeat Scarlet Witch in the Doctor Strange 2 ending?

Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) manages to capture America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) in her temple on Mount Wundagore. She intends to steal Chavez’s power of multiversal travel, so that she can inhabit a different universe; one where she can be with her children, Billy and Tommy. The problem is, taking America’s powers would ultimately leave her for dead.

Meanwhile, Doctor Strange is stuck in a different universe, a world which has been near-destroyed by an incursion. An incursion is what happens when two universes collide, and one or both of them are obliterated. Here, Stephen meets an evil version of himself. This Strange has been using the Darkhold for nefarious purposes, and let’s just say things have gotten “out of hand”.

Once the evil Strange has been defeated, Stephen’s plan is simple; he will dreamwalk in the corpse of Defender Strange that he buried on our Earth. It’s what any normal person would do, really. Zombie Strange goes to confront Wanda, while battling evil spirits who are unhappy at his use of the dark arts.

Zombie Strange manages to distract Wanda, allowing America Chavez to break free from her spell. While Chavez was previously unable to use her powers on command, she summons a portal just when she needs it here. But, rather than using violence, she gives Wanda everything she wants.

It’s a clever move though, because when the Scarlet Witch crosses into the same universe as the other Wanda, Billy and Tommy are terrified of her, and the Wanda we have come to know (and love) realises the error of her ways. Her children, or this version of them, are happy and loved by their own mother already. And, that is essentially all Wanda should have needed to be happy herself.

Does Wanda Maximoff die in Doctor Strange 2?

When Wanda realises her tirade against the multiverse is wrong, her best chance of repentance is to eradicate the Darkhold from existence. She was the one who unleashed its sinister powers, and she must be the one to close it for good.

In order to do this, Wanda must summon a great deal of strength and witchcraft, which results in the entirety of Mount Wundagore collapsing in on itself, and on Wanda too. While this successfully destroys the Darkhold from every universe, Wanda seemingly pays the ultimate price, with her death being heavily implied in the Doctor Strange ending.

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Doctor Strange 2
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But, as the temple and the mountain crumble, there’s a flash of red among the dust and rubble. Could this be Wanda using a spell to transport herself to safety? We sure hope so, as Wanda has once again proven herself to be one of the most fascinating MCU characters, and Elizabeth Olsen was one of the best things about this movie.

Who are the Illuminati?

The Marvel Illuminati is a group of heroes deemed to be the ultimate power in the Marvel Comics lore. This is the first time they have been brought to life on the big screen, and it leads to some fascinating cameos on Earth 838, when Sorcerer Supreme Karl Mordo brings Doctor Strange before them for judgement.

First up, is a very familiar face. If you’ve seen Captain America: The First Avenger, you’ll instantly recognise Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), sitting on one of the thrones in the hall of the Illuminati. However, in this universe, Peggy has been imbued with the powers of a super soldier, and takes on the mantle of Captain Carter, on a twist to the original Captain America story. This storyline was explored in the Marvel’s What If? TV series in 2021.

Captain Carter in Marvel's What If?

Credit: Disney

Next up, is Blackagar Boltagon, more commonly known as Black Bolt. This character (played by Anson Mount) has also appeared before, on the small screen for the much-maligned Inhumans series. Black Bolt is the ruler of Attilan and the leader of the Inhumans. He is capable of destroying people with just a whisper, due to his voice causing incredibly destructive shockwaves.

Another familiar face fills another throne in the Illuminati, with Maria Rambeau taking on the mantle of Captain Marvel in this universe. You may remember Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) from the Captain Marvel movie, where she was best friends with Carol Danvers. Here, Rambeau has the same abilities her aviator pal inherited from the Tesseract, and goes by the alter-ego Photon.

One of the most shocking and interesting cameos here, sees John Krasinski take on the role of Reed Richards. If you’re familiar with the Fantastic Four, you’ll know that Richards is also known as Mister Fantastic, the leader of the superhero group. Funnily enough, the internet has long-speculated about Krasinski being perfect for the part. It’s fascinating then, to see Marvel manifest that into reality now. It remains to be seen whether or not this casting will be the basis for the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, but it seems very likely.

Finally, the worst kept secret was the fact that Patrick Stewart would reprise his iconic role as Professor Charles Xavier. The trailer for the movie made it fairly obvious that a Professor X cameo was coming, and then the actor was on the red carpet for the Doctor Strange 2 premiere, so this was not much of a surprise.

As the Illuminati argue over the best course of action for handling Doctor Strange, a familiar voice says “We should tell him the truth”. Out comes Charles Xavier in his classic hovering wheelchair, accompanied by a sample of the original X-Men theme music. While it was nice to see Stewart take on the role once more, his is one casting we certainly wouldn’t expect to see again. But, we can’t wait to see what the MCU does with the X-Men.

What happens in the Doctor Strange 2 post-credit scenes?

In the very last scene of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, our titular hero is strolling down the street looking pretty happy. That is, until he collapses to the ground in intense pain, and it is revealed that he has a third eye in the middle of his forehead. This is similar to that of the evil Doctor Strange we see in the incursion world earlier in the movie, which suggests Stephen has inherited some unusual powers from his possession of the Darkhold.

The first post-credits scene then, is rather strange (sorry). Stephen is again walking down a street, when he is stopped by a mysterious woman, played by Charlize Theron. This character is Clea, another sorcerer in the canon of Marvel Comics, who eventually becomes Doctor Strange’s wife.

Doctor Strange and Clea Strange in Marvel Comics

Clea warns Stephen that his dallying in the multiverse has caused more incursions, and tells him he needs to fix it. Clea then reveals a multiversal portal, within which is Dormammu, the giant villain from the first Doctor Strange movie. And, here’s where it gets interesting; in the lore of Marvel Comics, Clea is actually related to Dormammu. So, can we trust her?

That remains to be seen. But, Stephen Strange doesn’t seem to have any concerns. He smiles, reveals his third eye again, and proclaims his eagerness to dive into the multiverse again. So, the more important question is, can we trust Stephen? Or, has the multiverse changed him forever in dark and twisted ways?

Bruce Campbell's cameo as the snooty usher in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2

The final post-credit scene is far more inconsequential and silly, but it’s a lot of fun. Remember the guy from Earth 838 who Doctor Strange placed a spell on to make him punch himself repeatedly? Well, this man is played by Bruce Campbell, a long-time collaborator of director Sam Raimi.

When we meet him again in the Doctor Strange 2 ending, he is still hitting himself in the face. But, the self-harm stops, Campbell smiles at the camera and says “it’s over!” This won’t affect the MCU moving forward, and was simply Raimi and his buddy having fun with the audience.

There we go then, that’s the Doctor Strange 2 ending explained for you. If you need more Marvel in your life, why not check out our ranking of the MCU TV series.